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Old 04-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #11 
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Occassionally he lays will the his body curved and tight. Like his whole body is clamping. What do you mean by mist? Like he's been dusted with something? That's what it reminds me of, a goldish dusting. I don't know if the Lifeguard stuff I'm using will help. The active indgredients in mine are as follows: 1-CHLORO-2,2,5,5-TETRAMETHYL-4-IMIDAZOLIDINONE. I copied that right off the box. Should I get something will formalin and malachite green instead?
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also, i have not noticed him rubbing up against anything. he really just doesn't move much at all.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:27 PM   #13 
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the gold "rust" dusting would be n all over thing not a scale colour changing
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:31 PM   #14 
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But is it his scales changing? If there is no reason to worry, then good. Will velvet kill a fish? Will the treatment kill him? Perhaps it's better to treat it and he not have it than to not treat it and he have it? I really don't know. I really wish I could get a better picture for you all!
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Yes, the gold dusting is velvet. It can kill him if not treated. What does your Lifeguard medication say it treats? Any kind of description or list of diseases will be helpful. If it says it treats velvet, I would just keep using it and give it time.
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wanabegoodmom: the op said its his scales changing colour so not likely velvet.

it sounds just as if the fish is deciding to change colour a little.
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Velvet is not listed. It says ick, fungus, red streaks, mouth and fin rot, ulcers, bacterial gill disease, and clamped or torn fins. I'm worried I'm just making something out of nothing because he's acting so strange. Here is another picture:
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It's hard to see, but the gold looks like dust brushed onto the scales around the gills. However, on his side and the belly, it doesn't look like a dusting at all. It just looks like he is turning a reddish white color. Or maybe losing his color there. His fins sticking down below his head are also turning red with some bright yellow/green/gold where the fin attaches to the body.
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and if he is just changing colors, WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH HIM!!!!! this fish is a mystery!
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lol bettas like to keep us in suspense

Look at this thread and find the pics i posted you will see what i mean

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=67259
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